WAXHAW – Neil Gimon opened The DreamChaser’s Brewery three and a half years ago after he had brewed beer in his home for 25 years. With an underserved population in Waxhaw, a growing zip code and a high-income area, he thought opening a brewery would be a good opportunity.
Gimon said the location provides a convenient alternative to the Uptown Charlotte breweries for Waxhaw and Union County residents.
“There are some great breweries Uptown,” Gimon said. “But do you want to get in the car, pay the babysitter a whole bunch of money, drive out there, try to find parking, park, maybe hit one or two breweries, then try to make sure you’re still very sober and get in your car and come back down, pay the babysitter off, et cetera, or have a place in your backyard that you can be able to come down here and just bring your family and have a good time?”
Gimon prides himself on the brewery being family-friendly, chuckling as he called it “almost too family-friendly.” He said many families come to the brewery after soccer games over the weekend. Children get ice cream next door, while their parents order a beer or two. Gimon also said the family-friendly vibe of the brewery makes it feel very safe. He said many women come into the brewery alone without fear, which he has not seen in many other places.
Every Friday, food trucks line the streets outside of the brewery, allowing people to enjoy a meal while they drink their beer.
DreamChaser’s serves wine in addition to a wide variety of award-winning beers on tap, from sours to IPAs and stouts. Each beer has a unique taste, and Gimon said there is something for everyone.
Charlotte resident Emily Galyon does not consider herself an avid beer drinker, but said the beers she tried at DreamChaser’s could change her mind.
“I’m not usually a big beer drinker,” Galyon said. “But these are really good.”
All of the beer is brewed in the brewery’s 10-barrel brewhouse through a long process of mashing grains, extracting sugar water, adding hops, adjusting temperatures, carbonating, taste testing, color testing and more. Gimon said the brewers make 300 gallons of beer at a time.
DreamChaser’s also works with three distributors in the Carolinas, allowing locals and non-locals to enjoy their beer.
Charlotte resident Nicole Beasley said after trying the beer, she would go out of her way to find it in stores, especially the Yard Breather IPA on tap.
Gimon said he was laid off from three corporate jobs before starting the brewery. Now that he runs DreamChaser’s, he feels much better knowing he is doing something he truly loves.
“I love all the aspects of this, from the making of the beer because it’s just so very, very interesting and very cool about the combinations we can go through, to our customers,” Gimon said. “I love going out there and talking to people. Seeing people enjoy our beer is just a really cool thing.”
Visit www.dreamchasersbrewery.com for details.